This might have been one of the only Jack flashbacks/forwards/sideways that I really enjoyed. And I have to hand it to the writers. I’m thoroughly impressed that they managed to make me care about Jack and his relationship with his newly introduced preteen son. If I had heard that Jack was going to have a son and he would have parenthood issues I would have rolled my eyes and wrote this episode off as a loss. But I was surprised at how much I cared.
On the Island Hurley was leading Jack to Jacob’s spy-tower. There we saw a very familiar list of names. Jacob told Hurley that someone, number 108 on the list, was coming to the Island and Hurley had to help him get there. No luck in this episode, but I’ll bet we’ll hear more about that later.
Meanwhile Claire finally did some talking. Yeah, she’s crazy. She’s also BFFs with “Locke” although she somehow doesn’t seem to know his name. Poor Jin is now stuck with Claire and Locke and he knows way too much. He’s in survival mode and he’s surrounded by murderers. Also his leg is mangled. This guy has been through the wringer over the last two seasons.
This was a good episode. It set up a BSG reminiscent relationship between Hurley and Jacob, it had a surprising and effective reveal of Jack’s new son, it ramped up the anticipation about Claire and what the deuce she’s going to do, and it started two fun guessing games: who’s David’s mother and who’s coming to the Island (skip down the bottom of the post for my guesses and a couple of polls). Overall a solid episode. 7.5/10.0